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row1

[roh] /roʊ/
noun
1.
a number of persons or things arranged in a line, especially a straight line:
a row of apple trees.
2.
a line of persons or things so arranged:
The petitioners waited in a row.
3.
a line of adjacent seats facing the same way, as in a theater:
seats in the third row of the balcony.
4.
a street formed by two continuous lines of buildings.
5.
Music. tone row.
6.
Checkers. one of the horizontal lines of squares on a checkerboard; rank.
verb (used with object)
7.
to put in a row (often followed by up).
Idioms
8.
hard / long row to hoe, a difficult task or set of circumstances to confront:
At 32 and with two children, she found attending medical school a hard row to hoe.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English row(e); compare Old English rǣw

row2

[roh] /roʊ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to propel a vessel by the leverage of an oar or the like.
verb (used with object)
2.
to propel (a vessel) by the leverage of an oar or the like.
3.
to convey in a boat that is rowed.
4.
to convey or propel (something) in a manner suggestive of rowing.
5.
to require, use, or be equipped with (a number of oars):
The captain's barge rowed twenty oars.
6.
to use (oarsmen) for rowing.
7.
to perform or participate in by rowing:
to row a race.
8.
to row against in a race:
Oxford rows Cambridge.
noun
9.
an act, instance, or period of rowing:
It was a long row to the far bank.
10.
an excursion in a rowboat:
to go for a row.
Origin
before 950; Middle English rowen, Old English rōwan; cognate with Old Norse rōa; akin to Latin rēmus oar. Cf. rudder
Related forms
rowable, adjective
rower, noun
underrower, noun

row3

[rou] /raʊ/
noun
1.
a noisy dispute or quarrel; commotion.
2.
noise or clamor.
verb (used without object)
3.
to quarrel noisily.
verb (used with object)
4.
Chiefly British. to upbraid severely; scold.
Origin
1740-50; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1. spat, tiff, scrap, scrape, set-to.
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Examples from the web for row
  • Offshore, big green sea turtles row slowly by under your boat.
  • All you had to do was row out to it in a boat and, when you were underneath, prop a ladder against her and scramble up.
  • And since the series was fairly long, he had to find some way of distributing these images of his in a mental row or sequence.
  • People are unlikely to play three of the same move in a row.
  • To get the encoded message, copy down the entire first row and append the entire second row.
  • By alternating a compost trench between three rows every year, you can give each compost row a year to decompose.
  • Then there was a dirt road followed by another row of houses.
  • Line up a row of them in small terra-cotta pots down the center and you're done.
  • Instead the walls are lined with row after row of identical plaques.
  • Grandstanding in the run-up to elections has fuelled the row.
British Dictionary definitions for row

row1

/rəʊ/
noun
1.
an arrangement of persons or things in a line: a row of chairs
2.
  1. (mainly Brit) a street, esp a narrow one lined with identical houses
  2. (capital when part of a street name): Church Row
3.
a line of seats, as in a cinema, theatre, etc
4.
(maths) a horizontal linear arrangement of numbers, quantities, or terms, esp in a determinant or matrix
5.
a horizontal rank of squares on a chessboard or draughtboard
6.
in a row, in succession; one after the other: he won two gold medals in a row
7.
a hard row to hoe, a difficult task or assignment
Word Origin
Old English rāw, rǣw; related to Old High German rīga line, Lithuanian raiwe strip

row2

/raʊ/
noun
1.
a noisy quarrel or dispute
2.
a noisy disturbance; commotion: we couldn't hear the music for the row next door
3.
a reprimand
4.
(informal) give someone a row, to scold someone; tell someone off
verb
5.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to quarrel noisily
6.
(transitive) (archaic) to reprimand
Word Origin
C18: origin unknown

row3

/rəʊ/
verb
1.
to propel (a boat) by using oars
2.
(transitive) to carry (people, goods, etc) in a rowing boat
3.
to be propelled by means of (oars or oarsmen)
4.
(intransitive) to take part in the racing of rowing boats as a sport, esp in eights, in which each member of the crew pulls one oar Compare scull (sense 6)
5.
(transitive) to race against in a boat propelled by oars: Oxford row Cambridge every year
noun
6.
an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
7.
an excursion in a rowing boat
See also row over
Derived Forms
rower, noun
rowing, noun
Word Origin
Old English rōwan; related to Middle Dutch roien, Middle High German rüejen, Old Norse rōa, Latin rēmus oar
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Word Origin and History for row
n.

"line of people or things," Old English ræw "a row, line; succession, hedge-row," probably from Proto-Germanic *rai(h)waz (cf. Middle Dutch rie, Dutch rij "row;" Old High German rihan "to thread," riga "line;" German Reihe "row, line, series;" Old Norse rega "string"), possibly from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (cf. Sanskrit rikhati "scratches," rekha "line"). Meaning "a number of houses in a line" is attested from mid-15c., originally chiefly Scottish and northern English. Phrase a hard row to hoe attested from 1823, American English.

"noisy commotion," 1746, Cambridge University slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to rousel "drinking bout" (c.1600), a shortened form of carousal. Klein suggests a back-formation from rouse (n.), mistaken as a plural (cf. pea from pease).

v.

"propel with oars," Old English rowan "go by water, row" (class VII strong verb; past tense reow, past participle rowen), from Proto-Germanic *ro- (cf. Old Norse roa, Dutch roeien, West Frisian roeije, Middle High German rüejen), from PIE root *ere- (1) "to row" (cf. Sanskrit aritrah "oar;" Greek eressein "to row," eretmon "oar," trieres "trireme;" Latin remus "oar;" Lithuanian iriu "to row," irklas "oar;" Old Irish rome "oar," Old English roðor "rudder").

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Slang definitions & phrases for row

row

noun

An elongated pile of narcotic, esp cocaine, for sniffing; line: and snorted a row of coke (1960s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

a hard row to hoe, have one's ducks in a row, knock someone or something for a loop, skid row


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